Alondra Nelson

A researcher, writer, and policy advisor, Alondra Nelson is the Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study and distinguished senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. She was formerly deputy assistant to President Joe Biden and acting director at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A scholar of science, technology, medicine, and inequality, Nelson was selected by Nature as one of the ten people who shaped science in 2022. She is author, most recently, of The Social Life of DNA, an award-winning exploration of the implications of direct-to-consumer genetics. Her books also include Body and Soul, Genetics and the Unsettled Past, and Technicolor. She is editor of “Afrofuturism.” +